Important Information regarding COVID-19 & Housing & Residence Life


Wichita State University will begin limiting on-campus housing operations at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. Students who have already left campus will not be allowed to return without explicit authorization from Housing & Residence Life staff. However, students who have traveled to the following areas over the break will not be allowed to pick up items until they have completed 14 days of self-quarantine as detailed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment:

  • California
  • New York state
  • Washington state
  • Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado

Wichita State University Housing & Residence Life recognizes that leaving the residence halls is not an option for all of our students, so we will allow students meeting the criteria outlined below to register to remain on campus:

  • International students and students with a permanent address in an area heavily affected by COVID-19.
  • Students with health conditions or disabilities that prevent travel home.
  • Students who reside with a family member/guardian with health issues that put them at increased risk of COVID-19.
  • Students without the ability to return to their permanent residence due to other documented circumstances.

The university is in the process of determining how to address housing and dining refund requests. Once a decision is made, we will update the university’s website

FAQs regarding Housing during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Wichita State Pandemic Team is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) situation and making contingency plans. As these plans are made, the implications to housing will be updated here, along with the FAQ section below.

Student Health Services is continually updating its website with information relevant to the campus community. 

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this time.

Am I required to leave?

Yes, unless you have express permission from HRL to stay through the Request Form. Residents who meet one of the following criteria are allowed to stay:

  • International students who are unable to return home or students from a high risk area of COVID-19.
  • Students with an existing health condition or disability that would prevent travel home
  • Students with household members who are ill and have no other housing alternative
  • Students who may not be able to return home and cannot find a temporary off-campus option with other family or friends
Will food service still be available?

Yes, while there are residents still living on campus, the university will still provide food service options. Services will be limited, as well as the number of guests served per meal-time. For information on what is available please see the Dining Services webpage.

What do I do if I think I need to self-quarantine?

WSU is following the directives of the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) regarding individuals who have a presumptive positive test for COVID-19; as well as any of those whom they may have come in contact with (such as roommates or suitemates).

Students cannot voluntarily insist that they need a single room space in order to self-quarantine or isolate, spaces such as those will be held for official cases reported to the university by SCHD or KDHE.

If you are concerned about your exposure to COVID-19, please contact  SCHD 316-660-3700 or Student Health Services at 316-978-4792.

Can I still come get my belongings now that Sedgwick County has issued a 'Stay at Home' order?

No. Now that a 'Stay at Home' order has been issued for Sedgwick County, we will pause our appointments for students to come back to campus and retrieve their belongings. We will resume that process once the order is lifted. Our Residence Life Coordinators will communicate with students to reschedule their appointments.

Are the building front desks still open?

The front desks will limit their hours to the following:

Suites desk & Shocker Hall desk

  • 8AM - 7PM Monday through Friday
  • 10AM - 3PM Saturday & Sunday

The Flats desk will close for the time being.

Please call the RA on Duty if you need assistance outside of these hours.

Can I still have guests in the building?

Now that a 'Stay at Home' order has been issued, residents are not allowed to have guests in the building (besides guests helping residents move out), in order to encourage social distancing per the CDC recommendation. 

What should I do about my mail?

Please pick up mail and packages before you leave. We are unable to forward packages, they will just be returned to sender after Monday (unless you are approved to stay living in the building). Please begin directing all online orders, packages, first class mail, etc. to your new address and update any subscription mail to the new address as well.